Broken Pencil Improv Comedy
Oct18

Broken Pencil Improv Comedy

  Was Broken Pencil’s performance at Broadway Street Stroll in July its first? We officially formed in May out of the Fort Wayne Improv Comedy Practices. Our first performance as the Broken Pencil group was in May at a Guerrilla Theater show.   Where are each of you from and when did improv comedy start for you? Jeanne: Nashville! I fell in love with comedy. I’ve always been a fan of Second City. William really taught me about the layers to improv. This was his dream; I was just following along! Will: I’ve been a fan of all forms of comedy for a long time, but improv struck me as one that was particularly magical. Since Fort Wayne was building its own homegrown comedy scene, I thought we should add improv to that mix. The first time we got a large group for a practice and played games like Buckets and Freeze, I saw the sheer joy on someone’s face when they had to shout out “fuzzy nerfherders” or start a scene standing in the Karate Kid flamingo stance, and I knew this was something people needed. Phil: Fort Wayne. After college, I moved to Chicago, and then to Indianapolis. Beyond seeing TV shows like “Whose Line Is It Anyways?”, “Wild-N-Out” and such, my involvement in improv started over a decade ago when I was living in Indianapolis and started taking the adult improv classes at ComedySportz. I took those classes for fun without knowing what to expect, because I was getting to the age where the recreational sports I was playing was requiring too many ice packs. After taking the classes for a while, I was invited to join ComedySportz’s performing group where the fun continued, but entertaining an audience was added to the experience.   Is comedy perspective or commentary? Everyone has their own style. Will: Given that question I’d have to say it’s both. Showing people different, and sometimes imaginary, perspectives on life is a great source of comedy. One’s perspective contains a great deal of intrinsic social commentary.  I’m still finding my voice, but it’s usually about pointing out how absurd life’s twists are and to not take anything for granted or normal.   Is anything in humor sacred or off limits? I know there is always a time and place, but classic moments aren’t always classy. We keep it PG13.   What does improv comedy do for an individual? Jeanne: My background is public speaking, never funny, never quick. Comedy gets you out of your head and helps you play loose, pay attention and be spontaneous. It helps your reactions to new situations and it’s good for...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Oct05

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun events in Fort Wayne? Look no further! Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. Tickled Pink – Vera Bradley Friday, October 6, 2017 – 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Join Vera Bradley for an evening of fun and friendship as they raise funds for breast cancer research. Enjoy an exclusive sneak peek of new Vera Bradley colors, styles and trends and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the newly expanded Distribution Center. Have your picture taken in the photo studio, bid on a selection of unique silent auction items. Savor creative culinary selections and fine cocktails featuring the best of Fort Wayne’s caterers and restaurants. Each guest will receive a special Vera Bradley gift. Space is limited; guests must be 21 years and over. Youtheatre: The Canterville Ghost Friday, October 6, 2017 – Sunday, October 8, 2017 Come to Canterville Chase, an ancient home haunted by the ghost of a dead nobleman. You’re invited to a tour and a party in this audience immersive theatrical experience with all the creaking floorboards, clanking chains, and ancient prophecies that mix spooky and funny. An engaging alternative to the traditional audience/actor experience! Please be advised – the audience will be doing some standing/walking during this show. Please notify the box office if special accommodations are needed. Sci-Fi Central Saturday, October 7, 2017 – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Join Science Central as they put the science in science fiction. The third annual Sci-Fi Central Mini-convention celebrates science fiction, fantasy, gaming, comic books and more. Are you an enormous pop culture fan but don’t want to drive to Chicago or Indy to attend one of those big conventions? Well, come join us for the day at Science Central, where we will provide all the elements you might enjoy at one of the large conventions, but in a more inviting, family-friendly environment. Allen County Trailblazer Nature Hike at Heatherwood Park Saturday, October 7, 2017 – 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Join a naturalist and hike the trails at Heatherwood Park for a Trailblazers guided hike. Free Outdoor Showing of Beetlejuice Saturday, October 7, 2017 – ***6:00 PM to 10:00 PM ***Movie is estimated to start about 30 minutes AFTER sundown – about...

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